Snippet: Lisbon Book Fair, 29 May – 15 June

From May 29 to June 15, the 84th edition of the Feira do Livro de Lisboa [Lisbon Book Fair] will take place at the Eduardo VII park. There will be 250 colourful pavilions hosting 537 publisher labels, as well as food courts and big screens for “public viewing” of soccer matches, once the World Cup gets started. The event is organized by the APEL (Associação Portuguesa de Editores e Livreiros [Portuguese Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Association]). Mozambique and its literature will be a kind of “guest of honor”. The fairs organizers point out that this is a good opportunity to (re-)discover books that are still in publication but haven’t survived longer than two months in bookstore shelves. There will be book “happy hours”, a “literary picnic”, readings, discussions, book signings, children’s activities, etc. The official (?) homepage has not been very informative so far…

In contrast to bigger events, such as the Frankfurt book fair, southern European book fairs take place in the open -in nice parks such as Eduardo VII-, they last several weeks, and they have very relaxed opening hours: Monday to Friday 12:30 – 11pm, weekends 11 am – midnight in the case of Lisbon.

Source: Diário de Notícias May 21, 2014

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